Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish. The following are the top books I would welcome seeing under the tree on Christmas morning:
1. THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH. By Richard Flanagan. A frail humanity survives the unspeakable in this novel of the Burma-Thailand Railway of World War II. I still cannot forget reading his wonderful novel, Gould's Book of Fish.
2. The Grove Centenary Editions of Samuel Beckett Boxed Set. Need I say more?
3. THE BONE CLOCKS. By David Mitchell. In this latest head-spinning flight into other dimensions from the author of “Cloud Atlas,” all borders between pubby England and the machinations of the undead begin to blur. A great follow-up to Cloud Atlas which I loved.
4. A new edition of The Odyssey to read for the spring weekend retreat planned by the University of Chicago.
6. THE DOG. By Joseph O’Neill. In O’Neill’s disturbing, elegant novel, his first since “Netherland,” a lost and tormented New York lawyer recognizes more darkness within himself than in the iniquitous place he works, Dubai. Our book group enjoyed Netherland.
7. NORA WEBSTER. By Colm Toibin. In Toibin’s luminous, elliptical novel, set in the late 1960s and early ’70s, an Irishwoman struggles toward independence after her husband’s unexpected death. Having read Brooklyn I expect more of his best.
8. THE POETRY OF DEREK WALCOTT 1948-2013. Selected by Glyn Maxwell. Stroke by patient stroke, the poems in this largehearted and essential selection from Walcott, now 84, are the work of a painterly hand. I admired Omeros several years ago and would like to delve further into Walcott's poetry.
9. NAPOLEON: A Life. By Andrew Roberts. Roberts brilliantly conveys the sheer energy of this military and organizational whirlwind. This looks like a good way to explore his life.
10. THE PARTHENON ENIGMA. By Joan Breton Connelly. With first-rate scholarship, an archaeologist reinterprets the Parthenon frieze in this exciting and revelatory history. This combines my interest in the classics with archaeology. A sure winner.